Hi! Anyone still reading here?
No reason for lack of posting other than I am adjusting to having my kids 24/7 since they are out of school. They get up at 7--sometimes before-- and don't go to bed until 8pm. Beau is constantly bored and needs lots of guidance. And I can't blog at the pool and I am at the pool a lot. Free time is spent running, cycling, swimming, cleaning or doing business stuff. So less time to write about my silly self-absorbed endeavors.
As promised here are some pictures from Carmella's dance recital:
Yeah, yeah, she's cute and all but the whole dance thing is kinda creepy in its pageantry. It is more dress up than sport. Not even Carmella really likes it. She'll do the hair and make up thing and get on stage and do the dance no problem but the first thing she wants to do when it is over is wash her face, take her hair down and get out of that costume.
I don't know. I just think it is wrong to put make up on a 7 year old.
But here are some pictures of her that make my heart do the proud mama dance: Carmella right before her first ever swim meet event. The 50 free! She was the first event: girls 7-8 yr olds, 50 free. I could tell she was nervous. She got 4th (out of 6) and her time was 1:20. But she loved it. Before putting her to bed that night she said "Mommy, you know what?"
And I said "What?"
And she said, "I was smiling while I was swimming."
And I said, "Why?"
And she said,"Because I could hear you yelling my name.You are the loudest mom out there."
Just to prove how loud I was for the next meet I brought a cow bell to cheer her on during her events. Ryan took it away.
Her 25yd backstroke: 32 seconds. Faster than her 25 Freestyle: 34 seconds. We had a talk about that and this week she brought the 25 free down to 29 seconds.
Carmella with the Gator Lala drew on her back. I actually had to show Carmella the email that said I was to write all over her body in sharpie. She wouldn't let me write any spirit stuff that first meet on her but for the second meet she trusted Lala to draw on her.
I am so proud of her. She improves everyday. She definitely gets sick of my swim advice but she watches me while I swim and I see her trying to mimic it. Problem is that I do not swim aggressively when I swim laps. So she is mimicking my long swim pace. I need to practice the sprints so she can see how it is done.
And yes, I am so jealous and want to be on the swim team too. I'm just dying for Coach Aaron to say, "Nat, get in the pool and practice with the team."
So far no invitations.
But I did check all the times for the 15-17 age group. (You know, age group closest to my age. BTW, 37 next month. July 7th, hint hint.) And I could totally be competitive--even against the boys. I have been working on my butterfly you know. It is coming along. Ryan said I looked powerful the other day. But he was probably just trying to get in my pants. But Carmella's friend, a much more reliable source, told her mom that I was a professional swimmer after I had given her and Carmella some special instruction at an afternoon pool playdate (am I a fun mom or what?). I don't know about the professional part but yeah, I can swim well.
At any rate, I am trying really hard to not live vicariously through my daughter and still do my own thing. Which last week broke down as this:
Sunday: 10 miles 8:24 pace
Monday: 5am 6 mile run with Sam, 30 minute lap swim while kids had practice: 1 mile
Tuesday: 4 mile treadmill run: 29:12, walked it out for 5 minutes.
Wednesday: 9 miles (6 with Sam and then tacked on 3 more)
Thursday: 6 miles with Sam, 30 minute swim (1 mile)
Friday: 6 miles on the treadmill: 44 minutes. Pyramid run: 8:03, 7:09, 6:33, 7:07, 7:24, 7:41.
Saturday: 55 mile bike. Hot as hell not to mention hilly. Just under 14 mph. Sigh. I am slow. 1000 yd swim later in the afternoon.
Run: 41 miles
Cycle: 55 miles
Swim: 4400 yds
I know. Boring. I'll try harder to be more consistent, not to mention entertaining.